I have been positively surprised by the experience because I did not expect to work and learn as much as I did given the particular context. I met amazing people who I could relate to, have been highly exposed to one deal in particular and was able to show my competencies. However I give a 7 because working with a personal PC was not practical, I met several issues with my computer, probably because it was a Mac that couldn't match well with Nomura desktop. Furthermore, the internship was shortened to 5 weeks instead of 9.
Given the remote experience I mainly worked with 2 people and I could feel that they trusted in my work. In particular during the last week of my internship whereby I gained a lot of exposure to a deal, and the person I worked with gave me a lot of autonomy, which shows how much I was valued.
The persons I've worked with always guided me all along the tasks I was given. They always took time to explain the mission over the phone and message/email, and made themselves available for any questions.
It really depends on the week. I worked on the desks for 3 weeks only. During the first week, I was mainly working in the afternoon and evening (usually finishing a bit late) but I was waiting for work in the morning, so I could focus on the internship project during that time. During the second week, my workload was spread evenly over the week except for 1 or 2 days whereby I had to finish late. Finally my last week was the busiest, usually working from morning until late in the night.
There was one deal in particular which I had a lot of exposure, hence responsibility. Many teams were involved but overall my team (Leveraged Finance) had to coordinate everything. I was in touch with those teams trying to gather all the necessary materials and taking care of the Leveraged Finance materials under the supervision of the VP involved in the project.
I could develop the following main skills: organisation, time management, stress management and analytical skills. Those competencies are necessary in the finance field which is the path I am taking. Hence, they will be strongly helpful for my future professional career.
I was working from home so it is hard to qualify but the people I worked with were extremely positive and supportive.
The internship was very well organised with all the IT set up and support, the 2-week training including HR/compliance introductions, the 3-week on the desk whereby HR kept organising catchup calls, zoom meetings, introductions from other teams or former summer interns. The HR was always available for any questions.
Nomura invested a lot in the summer interns, especially with the particular context. We first began with basic introductions, had a Debate Mate session, Excel training, Financial Edge training, Bloomberg training, introductions from other teams of the bank and the list is not over yet.
Working from home
Nomura is going through some restructuring at the moment and had large job cuts because of the Covid-19 situation. Hence, the offer proposal was delayed to September but I believe that they won't be able to recruit as much as they can.
Because of the remote environment we couldn't meet in person other interns/colleagues. However, we organised several video calls with the interns of my team given that there was an excellent feeling between us.
I was working from home and given that I am still living at my parents', the cost of living did not change.
We were given the chance to participate in one debate session I believe. But because of the particular context, I understand it was difficult.
Internship (1-4 Months)
13th August 2020